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2006 "Volunteers Working With Invasives"
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Project Title: Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge and State Park Invasive Species Management Project
Region: 4
Station: Egmont Key NWR
Contact Person:
Name and Phone Number
Richard Meyers (727) 423-1380
Project Description:
(Up to 250 words)
Egmont Key is a 280 acre barrier island located at the mouth of Tampa bay. The island which has a colorful military and nautical history was established as a National Wildlife Refuge 1974 due to its large and crucial gull, tern and pelican nesting colonies. The State of Florida through cooperative agreement also manages a State Park that overlays refuge lands. Over half of the islands habitat was overtaken by Australian pine and Brazilian pepper by the 1990s, but park & refuge staff and contractor crews have made some progress in controlling invasive species. In 2005, USFWS staff where able to secure an adequate amount of herbicide from the State of Florida to treat the remaining 90 (58=BP, 32=AP) acres of invasive species determined to still infest the island. This project proposal is to secure the funds needed to mobilize and equip a large volunteer corps that would be supervised by refuge staff to treat exotic, invasive acres on the island. The project would fund logistical costs including transportation to/from the island, equipment and supplies associated with exotic species control workdays by volunteer groups.
List of Invasives Species Targeted:Common NameScientific Name
  Brazilian Pepper Schinus terebinthifolius
Australian Pine Casuarina equisetifolia
Strangler Fig ficus. spp
Project Status: Completed
Project Completion Date
or Estimated Completion Date:


Volunteer Affiliation:
(Check all that apply)
VA_FriendsGrp                     VA_StudentConsAssoc            VA_Other
Volunteer Involvement:
Describe the type of work the volunteers performed. (Up to 150 words)
Volunteers from three different organizations completed three exotics control workdays. Friends of Tampa Bay Refuges (n=12) removed hundreds of Australian Pine saplings and cleared 15 acres of invasive Stragler fig trees that were taking over critical nesting bird habitat (sea oats). Eight student from Eckerd College assisted refuge staff in control of Australian Pines and were able to clear 10 acres of pines within the island's bird sanctuary. Lastly, 23 volunteers from Egmont Key State Park's friends group treated 20 acres Brazilian Pepper regrowth and applied herbicide to mature trees.
Total Number of Volunteers: 43
Total Number of Volunteer Hours: 258
List both new and existing partnerships utilized in this project. (Up to 150 words).
Friends of Tampa Bay Refuges Egmont Key Alliance Eckerd College,Quest for Meaning Program


Project Results:
Give an overview of the results of the project. Include quantifiable measure of success, such as maps produced, efficacy of control measures, number of sites where invasions were detected early and responded to, number of community contacts, etc. (Up to 250 words).
Volunteers treated approximately 45 acres of invasive, exotic plants to restore habitat for colonial nesting bird colonies and improve access to critical burrow habitat for the rare Gopher Tortoise.
Number of Acres Treated: 45
Number of Acres Inventoried and/or Mapped: 280
Number of Acres Restored: 30


Budget: Account for funds in broad categories such as equipment, volunteer stipends, travel, coordinator salary/contract, etc.

Total Grant Amount:

$ 5000

Breakdown of Expenditures:


Total $ Spent
% of Total Grant
Equipment / Supplies 1436.85
Chemical 1953.88
Biocontrol Agents
Travel 1143.75
Volunteer Stipends
Volunteer Coordinator Salary/Contract
Restoration Materials
TOTAL 4534.48

Recommendations: (OPTIONAL)
How useful was this program for meeting refuge invasive species objectives and how can it be improved?


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